The Introvert’s Chair

Furniture Design

nmbello Studio 


Venice Design 2018, 16th Venice Architectural Biennale, 2018, Palazzo Michiele, Venice, Italy. 

Year: 2018

Status: In production

The design for the introvert’s chair is centered on creating privacy in public places. It toys with the idea that an object can maintain a duality of expression within a space, as the experience behind and within the chair are diametrically opposed. From behind, the chair’s throne-like height suggests haughtiness, dynamism and daring, while the experience within the chair’s high walls is one of humility, isolation and calm. The design mirrors the perception of an introverted person whose distant personality is often mistaken for arrogance.

Designed and manufactured in Lagos, Nigeria, the chair explores the use of traditional techniques to solve modern-day problems. The aesthetic presents a contemporary steel form balanced and enhanced by the gentle textures of the traditional raffia weave.